Chelsea have stuck a deal with AFC Wimbledon to buy their current Kingsmeadow home, if the League Two club get planning permission to build a new stadium in Merton.
That is according to the Surrey Comet, who understand that Chelsea want to use a second base for youth matches and as the home ground for their women's team once the deal has been formalised.
Wimbledon released a statement earlier this afternoon confirming that they've held talks with Chelsea in a bid to find the right buyer for Kingsmeadow, discussions that have helped the Blues formulate a plan to give their academy a new base to help safeguard the development of young talent in the long-term.
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Any doubt that Chelsea's bid to buy Kingsmeadow is serious was soon extinguished by that official statement from AFC Wimbledon, confirming the intentions of the Premier League side.
The Dons statement read: "The Dons Trust, owners of AFC Wimbledon, can confirm that the club has been in discussions with a number of organisations, including Chelsea Football Club, over the future of Kingsmeadow, should our club's proposal to move to a new stadium in Wimbledon be approved by Merton Council."
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Chelsea currently play their development fixtures at the home of Aldershot Town FC, only 25 minutes from their Chobham training base.
The Blues clearly want a change though and believe Kingsmeadow fits the bill, although they'll have to play the waiting game before moving their reserve sides to a base much closer to central London.
Frustrations over stadium plans are nothing new for Chelsea though, who in a perfect world would like to leave Stamford Bridge for a new site over the next decade despite the considerable complications involved.
Wimbledon must get the green light from Merton Council to press ahead with their own relocation plans before Chelsea can take control of Kingsmeadow, but it's an interesting development which shows Chelsea are pressing ahead with plans to improve the club at all levels moving forward.
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